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Safety First, Beware of Electrical Hazards!

Whether working on a job site or inside an office, electrical hazards are a life-saving safety consideration.Electrical Hazards

On job sites, particularly when working in developed areas, all underground utilities must
be clearly marked by your local one-call center. The job site supervisor is responsible for developing a safety and health plan, which includes electrical hazards. Hazard, exclusion and no-tip zones must be identified, and the crossing points clearly marked before commencing operations. A best practice is to provide operators with emergency phone numbers in the event of a job site accident and be made aware of the safety procedures for treating someone who has been shocked.

OSHA electrical regulations (Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices Standards 1910.331-360) limits certain tasks to "qualified" employees, who are defined as having “training in avoiding the electrical hazards of working on or near exposed energized parts."

When working on a job site near electrical hazards, operators should wear non-conductive clothing, hard hats, eye and face protection, tools with insulated handles, and rubber-soled boots or shoes.

Inside an office or shop, the following electrical hazards should be watched out for:

  • Loose electrical connections
  • Cords with no insulation or frayed insulation
  • Plugs that don’t match their outlets-like a three-pronged plug in a two­ pronged outlet
  • Non-waterproof cords used outdoors
  • Equipment running over capacity
  • Tools that smoke, smell, spark, or shock
  • Wires running across the floor
  • Electrical cords left near heat or water
  • Electrical cords used around hazardous, flammable or explosive materials and not designed for that use, and
  • Extension cords instead of permanent wiring.

In summary, leave work on energized electrical systems to qualified workers. Be aware of buried and overhead electrical utilities. Check out electrical equipment before using it, and if something doesn't look, sound, smell or work right, don’t use it. For more information or rental equipment, contact your local Neff Rental or call us at 888-709-6333. We are ready to assist you with your equipment needs.

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